Act I, Act II…I Don’t Know What to do

There are many things I’ve learned during my time on WordPress. One of the things that I’ve discovered is that writers seem to write their stories in different “acts”. And I’m not really sure why.

Just about everyone one here has written more than I have. I think in total I’ve only mustered out 90k words or something. I’m obviously not including these posts or any essays in that number. But 90k words isn’t much. So I’m not going to sit here and act like I know it all. What I do know is that I don’t write in these “acts”. And I never will. Just like I’ll never plan out a book before it’s written. Who needs outlines when I can just sit down and pump out a few thousand words whenever I want to?

Anyway, I’m just curious to know if you write your books in different “acts”? I have no idea why I keep putting quotation marks around that word. Because when I think of them I think of Shakespeare. And Romeo and Juilet. So it’d always be a little odd for me to write that way. But what do I know?

For instance, how many acts would it take to write a book? Or how many chapters are in a single act? Hm. I shall never know. Unless you share your wisdom.

On this day in 2014 I published To Pen Name or Not to Pen Name; That is…a Dumb Question.


What’s the Best Book you were Forced to Read?


I’m talking about assigned school reading here. Schools down here in Texas mostly assign classics in the classroom, which isn’t bad, but I’d like to see some more variety. I’ve heard of teachers assigning The Hunger Games for class. Like…where the heck was that teacher when I was in school?! I know John Green’s books are assigned. And several others. But my experience in the classroom was with books that were written decades before I was born, and sometimes centuries before.

Let me just make a random list of books I remember reading in school. This isn’t necessarily going to be in any order or by genre or anything. Romeo and Juliet. Does that even count? The OdysseyDraculaJurassic Park12 Angry Men. Was that originally a book? The Great GatsbyBeowulf. I’m just naming whatever I can think of. I’m sleepy. I Have Lived a Thousand Years. Of Mice and Men. That’s all I can come up with. I just sat here rolling my head on my desk in an effort to stay awake. I don’t think that list really fits with my previous assertion that I read a lot of classics in school. Oh well.

I know there are a million more books I was assigned during my time in school, but I only listed out those books for your benefit. I know which book was the best. Dracula. I’ve written about that book several times on here, because it’s quite honestly the only assigned reading book that’s stuck with me. I don’t hardly remember any part of any other book I was forced to read in school. But I remember the Count. I remember Mina. And Lucy. And Harker. Van Helsing. The gypsies. Shapeshifting. The pure evil of it all. And no, I didn’t take a look at the Wikipedia page for the book. I don’t have to. I even know the year it was published by memory. 1897.

I know I liked The Great Gatsby, but I couldn’t tell you hardly anything about the story itself. Oh! We read The Giver in 8th grade. No idea what it was about. I know Jurassic Park pretty well, but that’s a good book while Dracula is iconic. The others…eh.

Now you know the best book I was forced to read in school, what’s yours?